RVIA Meeting Addresses RV Transport Concerns

April 15, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Attendees at this morning’s RVIA meeting on RV transport The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) unveiled its newest efforts today (April 15) in trying to address the transportation backlogs that are troubling the RV industry as it continues to grow. Roughly 30 representatives of 16 RV transport companies gathered with RVIA representatives at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., to hear about RVIA’s new partnership with The Employment Network to try to attract more drivers to the... Read more

Baird, RVDA Poll: Dealers Expect Spring Growth

April 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. recently partnered with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) to contact 116 RV dealers to assess trends during the first quarter. The following is a summary of the results. RV momentum improves sequentially: Weather hampered retail traffic and demand early in the quarter, though dealers noted sequential improvements. Inventory remains balanced in motorhomes and towables, supporting parity between retail and wholesale going forward. Big picture,... Read more

Lippert Enters ‘Aluminum Extrusion Supply’ Pact

April 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Drew Industries Inc. today (April 11) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components Inc., has entered into a six-year aluminum extrusion supply agreement with Dallas-based Atrium Windows and Doors Inc. Concurrently, Lippert Components sold certain of its aluminum extrusion assets to Atrium. “Extruded aluminum is a key raw material for us, and identifying a strong supplier such as Atrium was critical in our search for a new third-party supplier,” said Scott Mereness,... Read more

Canyon Trail Brings ‘Great Room’ Concept to RVs

April 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  Canyon Trail 32FRKT’s great room layout Yellowstone RV reported that its new 32FRKT Canyon Trail “Advanced Profile” fifth-wheel, featuring an open kitchen and great room concept, has been generating interest and turning sales at dealers’ lots and on the spring show circuit. Yellowstone RV is a division of Gulf Stream Coach Inc. The rear kitchen layout of the 32FRKT features a U-shaped workspace with extensive multi-level counters, raised panel cabinetry, and plenty... Read more

RVIA Seminar Aims to Hike Transport Driver Pool

April 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will hold a free informational session for transport company executives and hiring managers at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., on April 15 from 7:30-10 a.m. to update attendees on the association’s efforts to develop a larger pool of RV transport drivers for the industry. According to a press release, the morning will begin with coffee and donuts at 7:30 a.m. and be followed by a 30-minute presentation and 30-minute Q&A session... Read more

EverGreen Grows Ascend Trailer to 7 Floorplans

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ascend trailer from EverGreen RV EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has expanded its ultra-light Ascend travel trailer lineup for 2014, offering seven floorplans ranging in length from 17 to 23 feet. According to a press release, the Ascend targets entry-level families as well as seasoned empty nesters. All Ascend trailers can be towed by smaller SUVs, crossovers, light trucks, minivans or large sedans and are engineered to be lightweight without compromising key appliances and essential equipment. The... Read more

Livin’ Lite RV Resurrects Iconic Coleman Camper

April 3, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Color-matched Coleman camper towed by Smart Car Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles recently introduced an all-new line of Coleman “automotive” camping trailers designed to leverage the tenting community’s allegiance to the iconic brand while tapping into a growing demographic base seeking an RV capable of being towed by the family vehicle. “We are targeting the 44 million-plus people that go tent camping,” said Scott Tuttle, president of the Wakarusa, Ind.-based Thor Industries Inc. divison,... Read more

‘RV Doctor’ Developing Video Series for AmeriGO

April 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Continuing toward its goal of providing fresh and unbiased information on the varied aspects of RVing, AmeriGO RV Club announced that it has commissioned Gary Bunzer, the “RV Doctor,” to create a series of 12 informational videos exclusively for AmeriGO RV  Club. “Making this exclusive digital content available to our members helps us to achieve our goal of being an all-encompassing and modern RV Club. We are dedicated to providing AmeriGO RV Club members with the latest information,... Read more

RV Power Breakfast Registration goes Live Today!

March 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite an epic winter that hampered business nationwide, the U.S. RV arena has exhibited an incredible resilience – a fact that was underscored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) recently reporting the best February for wholesale shipments in eight years. Unemployment in the RV-building hub around Elkhart, Ind., likewise, has settled in at 6.2%, the lowest rate since May of 2008 and a far cry from the 20%-plus levels that brought President Obama and the national press to town... Read more

Winnebago 2Q Income up 52.6%; Sales Rise 29%

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Driven by strong motorhome performance, Winnebago Industries Inc. reported a 52.6% increase in net income on 29.2% growth in revenue for its second quarter, ended March 1. Sales during the period totaled $228.8 million versus $177.2 million the previous year while earnings rose to $9.6 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, from $6.3 million, or 22 cents per diluted share. Second-quarter operating income rose 58.2% to $14 million. The Forest City, Iowa-based builder reported that earnings... Read more

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